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When the Weather Outside is Frightful...

When the Weather Outside is Frightful...

We are quickly approaching the time of year that often brings weather conditions that can potentially impact school schedules.

In emergency weather situations our top priority is the safety of students and staff. We also recognize that canceled school days disrupt family schedules and that the school year may have to be extended. The decision to close schools is not an easy one and many factors are taken into consideration when making such a decision.

It is important to understand that our district's geography is one of the key factors taken into account when the decision is made. One part of our district may be clear while other areas are struggling with snow and/or ice. It is not possible to close some schools in the district while leaving other schools open.

How the decision to delay or close schools is made:

To help make the best possible decision, weather forecasts are monitored throughout the process. District staff members drive the roads beginning around 3 a.m. checking schools and routes that are frequently impacted and report road conditions to the superintendent by 5 a.m.

We also consult with neighboring districts regarding road conditions into Monroe. Then, one of the following four options is decided:

  • Schools start on time (no messages will be shared)
  • Schools start on time with limited bus service
  • Schools start two hours late
  • Schools are closed (When schools are closed, all after school activities and evening facility use are also cancelled.)

If schools are delayed or closed, information will be shared through the following communication channels:

  • Robocall, text message and email - Families can expect to receive an automated phone call and email from Monroe School District if weather will be impacting school schedules. If you have opted-in to receive text-messages, you will also receive a text message. We send out messaging through a variety of communication channels in order to adequately reach all of our families district-wide. Please help us by ensuring your contact information is always up to date.
  • FlashAlert - You can subscribe to email and text updates through FlashAlert. This is the same notification system that television and radio stations use to get updates about school delays and closures. If you sign up for these alerts, it will be in addition to the notifications the school district sends.
  • District website - A message will be posted to the front page of our district website.
  • Social media - Messages will be posted to the district Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • School schedule hotline - Call 360-804-2950 for updates.

We will not send or post messages if schedules are normal. No news means that schools are open.

If other area school districts and colleges are closed, this may impact the schedules of our Sno-Isle and Running Start students.

For helpful information and resources related to power outages, visit the Snohomish County PUD website.

Snow bus routes are posted on the district website, here.

If you have questions, please contact the district administration office at 360-804-2500.